Choosing Armstrong Clark Oil Based Wood Stains will ensure lasting beauty and protection for all your exterior wood surfaces. Backed by five generations of experience in oil-based coatings and cutting edge technology, Armstrong Clark Wood Stains will not only meet your wood protection needs but far exceed them.

Determine the square footage area of the surface you plan to stain. On decks be sure not only to measure the floor but also railings, spindles, steps and all areas that you are planning to stain. Armstrong-Clark Deck and Siding Stains will cover approximately 150-200 sq. ft. per gallon depending on age and wood porosity.

The Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions

Armstrong Clark Deck and Siding Stains come in many different colors and tones. Keep in mind that the actual color results can vary depending on the type, age, condition, and porosity of the wood. Color samples are available if needed.

Prior to using any of the Armstrong Clark Wood Stains it is important to prepare the wood surface properly so the stain will perform as expected. See the RAD Wood Cleaner or Stain Stripper products for properly cleaning the wood surface prior to staining.

Allow the wood surface to dry 1-2 days after it has been cleaned and prepped. Be sure no rain is expected on the day of staining and for 3-4 hours after application so the stain can cure properly.

To apply Armstrong Clark Deck Stain you can use a roller, brush, stain pad, or airless sprayer. Mix the stain thoroughly prior to use. Unlike other stains, Armstrong Deck Stain can be applied in direct sunlight and on hot days. If the first application of stain penetrates within 30 minutes another coat can be applied for added protection.

If applying by sprayer, use a roller or brush to go over the sprayed areas for a more even appearance. After 24 hours use a dry rag to remove any remaining puddles or glossy areas.

Armstrong Clark Wood Stain is environmentally friendly and does not contain an offensive odor. It is easy to apply and very user-friendly. Enhancing the appearance of your deck and giving it lasting protection is the best investment you can make and Armstrong Clark Oil Based Wood Stains makes it easy.

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    Ravi · 05/31/2019
    Since you do not have an outlet in Ohio, I ordered online and have received the transparent cedar tone stain. In your instructions you mention we need to mix the stain thoroughly prior to use. When I buy paints from a nearby big box store, they use a machine which mixes the paint thoroughly. How should I mix the stain thoroughly at home?
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      Ed · 05/31/2019
      Yes, you would use a stir stick that you can get from a paint or big box store. The pigments in stains settle pretty quickly to the bottom of the can. So even if a store machine shakes the can for you, you still want to give it a good stir at home and before you pour more into your tray.
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      Armstrong · 05/31/2019
      Stir stick or paint mixer on your drill.
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    Theresa · 05/31/2019
    I will use AC transparent cedar tone when I stain the deck if it ever quits raining in the Northeast. I'm a "more is better type person" so, should I apply two coats instead of one on the horizontal face of the deck? Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 05/31/2019
      More is not always better. Only apply as much as the wood will absorb.
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    Fred · 05/30/2019
    My apologies, Restore-A-Deck, not Revive-A Deck
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    Fred · 05/30/2019
    On 5/23 I applied the Revive-A-Deck to our deck that was completed August of last year. The Revive-A-Deck really did a good job of removing the weathering and the mill glaze on the deck boards. Two days later I applied the Deck Brightener which seemed to give the deck a softer or smooth feel. Two days after that my wife and I applied the Cedar Semi-Transparent Stain. We used a roller for the deck and brush & pads for the deck rails. About 30-35 hours after the stain was applied we started to get rain. My question is; Should the deck be beading water, like a car after a wax? I'm also wondering if I should apply another coat. The deck looks fantastic and the products are very easy to use.
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      Armstrong · 05/30/2019
      No does not bead like a car wax as it breathes. No, do not apply another coat.
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    Carter · 05/27/2019
    Have a seven year old ipe deck. They sanded it down to remove the old Sikkens coats and then applied the mahogany stain. They did not prep or use brightener and applied the stain with a rag, not a brush or stain pad. The result is kind of uneven and splotchy. Would a second coat help? Can I apply brightener over the first coat or does it need to be stripped first?
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      Armstrong · 05/27/2019
      No, you cannot add a second coat at this time. You would have to strip and brighten.
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        Carter · 05/27/2019
        Thanks. I guess we will just wait for next Spring to do a do-over.
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    Steve Cross · 05/24/2019
    Do you recommend a natural bristle brush or polyester?
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    Caro · 05/23/2019
    Hi - we just moved into our house that has a 15yo deck that hasn’t been stained for awhile. I bought a stain and a prep kit from you last year but when I got it out I see it is the stripper kit, not the cleaner kit. I want to start today...will this work okay for what I have or do I need to order the cleaner instead and wait for it to get here? Thanks!
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    Scott · 05/22/2019
    I applied initial coat of semi-transparent stain on raw cedar dock planks a year ago. Looked great. I'd like to refresh it. What do you recommend?
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    melanie philbrick · 05/10/2019
    I have been using the Armstrong Clark Stains for 6 years now & love this stuff. Currently prepping the deck for a new coat. I understand as with all stains like this, it feeds mold & mildew, it is what it is. I have 900 sq. feet to deal with & part of the deck is in the shade so I always have a problem in that area. I recently read about using “wet & forget” after the deck dries & plan on giving that a try this go around. Some where I read about adding a mildewcide to the A/C stain, but I can not find that reference again. I want to also give this a try this year. Do you have a ratio that I could use that would not compromise the structure of the stain?
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      Armstrong · 05/10/2019
      There is already a lot of mildewcide in the AC. No need to add more nor would it help.
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        melanie philbrick · 05/10/2019
        As I previously mentioned I have real issues with Mildew, etc. Since writing this I found the article that mentioned adding mildewcide into the stain. Now I am confused. This is an A/C article.
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          Armstrong · 05/10/2019
          Best to ask them directly to confirm.
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    Brian · 05/08/2019
    I am looking to switch a deck over from an Olympic stain that has not held up well over to your products. It is currently stained with a semitransparent dark brown stain that was water based. I'd like to change it (if possible) over to the oil version of your stain for added durability. Can this be done by cleaning only or would everything need to be stripped off first?
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    larry bernard · 04/21/2019
    what size spray tip to used for oil stain application
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    Jason · 04/18/2019
    I am getting ready to stain and was reading a post about back wiping. I am using a semi-solid and plan to apply with a pad and brush for the grooves. What is meant by "Back Wiping"?
    Should I only wipe in one direction when applying?
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      Armstrong · 04/19/2019
      Back wiping is more or less a term used when spraying the stain to ensure an even application. You will be okay since you are applying with a brush and stain pad. Apply with the wood grain.
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    carlb · 04/15/2019
    Has anyone had experience with applying semi-transparent stain to a deck using a Shur-Line Deck pad? They sound like a pretty good application tool, but first hand knowledge is always best!
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    Marco · 03/27/2019
    Hello. I stained my deck with Armstrong Clark in Sequoia (semi-solid) four years ago. It's time to recoat as it's faded substantially. I understand that I should wash the deck, then use brightener to prep the surface; is this sufficient, or should I strip the deck and recoat from scratch. Likewise, should I use Sequoia again, or is it possible to use a semi-transparent tint to let it fade/lighten naturally?
    Thanks!
    Marco
    Bethlehem, PA
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    Dave · 03/22/2019
    Hi. I stripped, sanded, conditioned, cleaned, and stained my redwood deck a year ago in AC rustic brown semi transparent. Really love the color. We seem to be getting more than normal stain transfer to our feet, socks, and shoes. How can we avoid stain transfer?
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      Armstrong · 03/23/2019
      Sounds like it was not cured correctly or possibly you back wiped off the excess stain when it was drying? This would remove the curing oils and leave the non-drying oils. Might want to lightly wash the deck with the RAD Cleaner. Mix cleaner at half strength, apply, and lightly agitate with a soft bristle brush. Rinse well. Apply one very light coat. Do not back wipe and let it fully dry and cure in the stain.
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        Dave · 03/24/2019
        Will do. Thank you for the response and advice!
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    Donna · 03/22/2019
    I stained a couple of our cedar porches last year with A-C transparent stain in Natural. They looked lovely, but I underestimated the amount of sun exposure and the porches developed some greying. Is it possible to go over the natural transparent stain with A-C semi-transparent in Cedar after doing a thorough cleaning and brightening, or will I need to remove the transparent stain completely before applying the new stain?
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      Armstrong · 03/22/2019
      Yes, you can go darker in color without the need for a full strip.
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    Jason · 03/13/2019
    I’m planning to restrain an 8 year old 700sf redwood deck. I had previously used your semi-transparent stain, it was great but now considering the semi-solid. Is there any difference in ease of application between the semi-transparent and semi-solid? Not sure which to choose.
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      Armstrong · 03/13/2019
      The apply the same. The semi-solid takes a little longer to cure. That is the main difference for the application.
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    John · 12/12/2018
    I stained my deck two weeks ago with your semi transparent and realized I probably put it on a little too thin. Can I apply second coat now or just wait until next time?
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      Armstrong · 12/12/2018
      It would be better to do this in the Spring. Light wash to remove any dirt first.
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    Peter · 11/25/2018
    I prepped my patio and was waiting 48 hours (tomorrow) to stain. A cold front is coming through and the temperature tomorrow will be between 40 and 58 F. The next night it will drop to mid 30s briefly overnight. Should I hold off on this project?
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      Armstrong · 11/26/2018
      Wait until it warms up some more. Temps in the mid-30s at night is a little too cold.
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    patrick · 11/19/2018
    how long will the transparent last. i want to preserve a clear redwood deck
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      Armstrong · 11/20/2018
      Armstrong Clark does not come in clear as a true clear (no tint) will not provide any UV protection from graying. You must have a tinted stain for UV protection.
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        Patrick · 11/20/2018
        Thank you. What is the lightest tint I can use on clear redwood that will supply us protection from graying and how long will it last.
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          Armstrong · 11/20/2018
          Natural tone is the lightest tint and will need a recoat every 12-18 months for a horizontal surface. 2-3 years for vertical surfaces.
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    Sandy · 11/04/2018
    I made a table top from Ipe scrap pieces. I sanded it with 80 grit to even out the wood and followed that with a 220 grit sanding. Will Armstrong Clark stain that I ordered from you (Amber)adhere to the to the Ipe after the 220 sanding or do I have to resand using the 80 grit for adhesion? Table is for outside patio with roof..
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      Armstrong · 11/05/2018
      It will not soak in at 220 grit properly. Never more than 80.
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    Karl · 11/03/2018
    What solvent is best for clean up of airless sprayer?
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    Caleb · 11/01/2018
    I'm interested in refurbishing a couple of redwood play structures. They will be exposed to strong sunlight (and heat) and will be sprayed daily by a nearby sprinkler. I was thinking of using the semi-transparent redwood stain. Is that a good choice? If so, how long would you estimate that it would last before needing refinishing again?
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      Armstrong · 11/02/2018
      Yes, the Sierra Redwood would be a good choice. Redo every 2-3 years is normal.
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    Jack · 10/23/2018
    Is it ok to apply with temp at mid 50s but perhaps dropping to mid 40s at night.

    Thank you.
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      Armstrong · 10/24/2018
      As long as it does not drop below freezing at night.
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    Pat · 10/12/2018
    What is the minimum temperature to safely apply oil based semi transparent stain
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    Tracy Bradford · 10/07/2018
    I have a cedar fence I am restaining. Just finished stripping old 10yr old stain. Will apply the brightener next and then stain. There is 160 linear feet at 6ft. I have 2 5 gal Semi-Solid AC stain ready to apply by brush. If I determine that a 2nd coat will be needed\wanted. How long do I have to make that decision and apply the 2nd coat. Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 10/07/2018
      You are using the semi-solid. Just one coat is all you will need for this vertical fence. Back wipe any drips or runs within 20-40 minutes. Post a picture when done if you have a chance.
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    Dave · 10/06/2018
    I am looking to stain a 12x24 redwood pergola. It’s built from large roughsawn timbers e.g. 8x8 post 4x6 joists, etc. It’s 18 mo’s old. Just pressure washed. How long will Armstrong last on this before need a new coat? Vertical surfaces go longer than decks? Thanks!
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    Tom Shannon · 10/05/2018
    I am applying the translucent cedar tone over new white cedar using a staining pad. If I apply the 2nd coat after 30 minutes when the first coat is absorbed, how long should I wait before wiping the excess off from the second coat? I saw the instructions above, but they seemed to speak to excess from the first coat.
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    Michael Sampson · 09/24/2018
    I am building a deck using cedar. I won't be done until end of October or early November. Would it be best to wait until spring to stain? Live in northern MN.
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    Don Dippold · 09/18/2018
    I have prepped with cleaner and brighter, sanded rough spots and finally started applying stain today. I have gotten through about half of the job and it has now started to rain. Most of the work has fully dried for over an hour, but what steps do I need to take now once it finishes raining? Do I need to clean again or can I just pick up on the unfinished area after it dries out? The parts that I have done turned out great with Rustic Brown I will say. This stain is amazing the way it covers and hides mistakes.
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      Armstrong · 09/18/2018
      You should be okay to just finish as long as the rain did not harm the RB stain.